COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - In his second year at North Idaho College, Colville tribal descendant Navarro Nanpuya placed fourth at the 2021 NJCAA Wrestling National Championships, April 22, earning All American honors after coming into the tournament as the seventh seed in the 174-pound bracket.
Nanpuya made his way into the quarter-finals with a first round fall over Austin Hacker of Colby College and a second round decision (7- 1) over Seth Dominguez from Mott Community College.
In the quarter-final match Nanpuya faced Cayden Atkins from Pratt Community College and defeated Atkins with a 7-1 decision to move on to the semi-finals and secured a top 6 finish.
In the semi-finals match, Nanpuya faced top-seeded Jose Rodriguez from Iowa Central, losing the match to the eventual champion via 11-3 decision.
Wrestling back through the consolation bracket, Nanpuya would then pick up a 9-7 decision over Dayton Fields of North Eastern Oklahoma A&M College to advance to the consolation championships.
Wrestling for third/fourth, Nanpuya faced Dax Bennett of Clackamas College in Oregon, losing in overtime 14-12.
NIC finished the tournament sixth in the team standings with five All-Americans and one national champion.
Nanpuya, the son of Anthony “Tiny” and Kristen Williams, was a 2019 WIAA champion for the Omak Pioneers.
Omak Head Coach Dean Agee noted that while Nanpuya is finished at the junior college level, he is evaluating options to continue to wrestle next year.